Product Description: The Elizabeth II Coin Collection Pack contains an original halfpenny, penny, threepence, sixpence and shilling. The double-sided pack has 5 holes in which each coin is held in a clear blister, allowing both the obverse and reverse to be seen. The coin pack has an image of the royal coat of arms on the front. On the reverse, the pack provides information about pre and post decimalisation.
Information: Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne in February 1952 after the death of King George VI and was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey in June 1953. At this time the United Kingdom was using a currency system made up of pounds, shillings and pence. The pound was made up of 240 “old pence”, with twelve old pence in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound. There were two halfpennies to a penny and the sixpence had a value of six pennies.
In 1847 Parliament had considered introducing a decimal currency but it was not until March 1966 that a decision to adopt a decimal currency was announced. On 15th February 1971, Decimal Day, the United Kingdom decimalised its coinage. After this time there were 100 pennies to the pound. New coins were introduced with the new five and ten pence coins being the same size and weight as the former shilling and florin. The old pre-decimal coins were gradually phased out of circulation.